Joshua Noah

A man free on bond while awaiting trial for his role in a 2019 Riverside home invasion allegedly displayed a handgun inside a Chicago restaurant on March 12 and fired at least one shot into the air outside in the parking lot, according to police.

Joshua Noah, 24, of Buffalo Grove, was at a restaurant in the 4200 block of West 47th Street in Chicago at about 10:30 p.m. when he “became irate and displayed a firearm,” according to Chicago police.

Noah then allegedly left the restaurant and fired the pistol once into the air before fleeing the scene. He was subsequently arrested by Chicago police and charged with one felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a felony count of reckless discharge of a firearm and five misdemeanor counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

At a March 13 hearing, a Cook County judge set Noah’s bond at $20,000. However, Noah remains held without bond in connection with the 2019 Riverside home invasion. Noah was arrested for that offense in August 2020 after a 20-month investigation.

A Cook County grand jury indicted Noah for the Riverside incident, charging him with home invasion, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated vehicular hijacking, armed robbery, residential burglary, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. He was arraigned in September 2020, pleading not guilty to all of the charges.

Noah allegedly was one of three men who forced their way into a home on West Quincy Street on Jan. 25, 2019 to collect an unpaid drug debt.

The men allegedly pistol whipped a woman inside the house, kidnapped her son and stole her car. The son was later found badly beaten where he’d been dumped from the getaway vehicle in an alley in the 4300 block of West 47th Street, not far from where the March 12 incident occurred.

In addition to physical evidence, detectives reportedly used cellphone data to place Noah near the scene of the Riverside home invasion when it took place. He was arrested by Riverside police at the Maybrook courthouse on Aug. 5, 2020 after pleading guilty that day to a misdemeanor gun charge out of Berwyn.

Noah is due back court for a status hearing in the Riverside case on March 23. 

Burglary

A 34-year-old Berwyn man was charged with burglary and unlawful use of a weapon after allegedly breaking into a vehicle parked in the alley in the 2500 block of Desplaines Avenue on March 13 at about 10 p.m. and then threatening the owner of the vehicle with a knife before attempting to flee the scene.

The vehicle’s owner told police he confronted Ernesto Hernandez after hearing his car alarm go off and looking outside to see Hernandez inside the vehicle. When confronted, Hernandez reportedly pointed an open pocketknife at the victim and fled.

The victim grabbed a baseball bat and chased Hernandez to Westover Avenue, where the victim allegedly started hitting Hernandez, who reportedly brandished two knives, with the bat. Police arrived at that time to break it up.

According to police, there were pry marks on the door of the victim’s vehicle with two bags of tools on the ground nearby. The tools did not belong to the victim.

Police reportedly had contact with Hernandez at Best Buy on an unrelated theft call earlier that night, releasing him at about 7:30 p.m. without knives or tools.

A 28-year-old Brookfield man and a 41-year-old Berwyn man face burglary charges after they allegedly forced their way into a woman’s apartment in the 9100 block of Broadway Avenue, Brookfield, on March 7, ransacked it and stole a jar of cannabis.

The Brookfield man, who was the victim’s neighbor, reportedly accused her of stealing drugs from him and demanded them back. The victim reportedly told the offender she did not possess the man’s property, and when she did not give the man what he wanted, he reportedly forced his way into her apartment to retrieve it.

The victim told police the cannabis in the jar belonged to her and said she wished to pursue charges against the alleged offenders.

Catalytic converter thefts

North Riverside Park Mall security called local police on March 11 to report that the catalytic converter was removed from a Ford Escape owned by a mall shopper on March 11 just prior to 6 a.m. near the food court entrance to the shopping center, 7501 Cermak Road.

The theft was caught on mall security video, which showed the offender leaving with the device in a white Ford sedan.

Brookfield police responded to the 3700 block of Forest Avenue after a resident called to report that the catalytic converter had been removed from his 2007 Toyota sedan during the overnight hours of March 11-12. The vehicle was parked behind the residence, according to the police report.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, March 7-13, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.

— Compiled by Bob Uphues